I've long believed in itty-bitty luxuries, even when I was a young 21-year-old bride right out of college and on a small budget.
By itty-bitty luxuries, I mean the simple and aesthetically-pleasing but usually not-very-costly, things or experiences in life that make you smile and forget your cares for at least a minute or two.
What are your itty-bitty luxuries?
That's the fun part; you get to choose whatever makes your heart sing!
Here are some of my most recent itty-bitty luxuries that I'm grateful for ...
Leaving the little white twinkle lights from Christmas on our "bistro-ish" dining table to give a romantic ambiance to our dinners at home this year, plus enjoying my new antique silver tray that now holds my collected mercury glass candle holders. I found the silver tray serendipitously at my favorite clothing consignment shop when I took my clothes there after cleaning out my closet recently.
A fully-stocked healthy-food pantry thanks to sales at Vitacost, plus eBates rebates.
They are such great $-saving sites!
Scones I made with Namaste gluten-free biscuit mix, adding sunflower seeds and raisins. Love Namaste healthier foods!*
Our "San Diego snow" viewed from our terrace -- i.e. rain! Rain is indeed an itty-bitty luxury in San Diego, California since it's usually 68 and sunny here pretty much year-round.
Tulips my sweet hubby brought me from the grocery store last week. I love their yellow color against the bright green of our charming little pocket park below, which is another one of our itty-bitty luxuries because it's just so cute that it brings me great simple pleasure.
The raindrops on my tulips are a blessing, you know?
And then the tulips sweetly opened up for us when the sun came out again!
Recent useful and pretty Goodwill real silver purchases totalling just $17.97.
Having a handy little stacker washer and dryer right in our apartment is an itty-bitty luxury indeed because not many apartments in San Diego have in-home laundry facilities.
It works like a charm!
Finding the perfect-size beverage dispenser, (at Ross for just $19.99), that fits on our dining nook coffee/tea bar, which is now our "beverage bar" instead.
I enjoy having fresh fruit water at-the-ready every day! And the dispenser will also work great for punch or lemonade when we entertain others in our home.
Noticing this beautiful hand-painted mural on the back of a mall store when my hubs and I were out the other day. An itty-bitty luxury indeed to find such a thing on the back of a drab mall store!!
Painted by Wall-it Graphics. Phone 619-469-3772 if you live in San Diego, CA and want to hire them to paint one for you! (I don't know them, but tell them you saw it on my blog, please.)
Savoring a Sunday lunch outing with my hubby at the lovely Del Mar Hilton, which has been all redecorated since I was there years ago. (It's so pretty I'll show you those design pix in another post.)
Appreciating that in front of the Del Mar Hilton, they even grow their own produce for our healthy salads. Wow! I love the farm-to-table movement that's so popular in SoCal now. And our lunch at the Del Mar Hilton was just delicious.
I hope you'll take a look around your home, and your life, and see if you might want to implement a few more itty-bitty luxuries for yourself.
Celebrating the art of simple, charming, elegant living!
*Full Disclosure: Namaste Foods sent me the scone mix gratis but my opinion that their scones are scrumptious is soley my own. :)